Florida provides the ideal background for a dynamic and action packed holiday in the sun. Officially nicknamed the Sunshine State, Florida boasts the sunniest winter weather across the whole of the United States and enjoys the warmest January as well. Whether you want a holiday filled with adventures on the water, discovering the tropical Everglades, or exploring the countryside, you can spot some beautiful sights whilst doing it here.
Splashing Around the Coast
The coastline of Florida is filled with exquisitely beautiful pale sandy beaches, which are lapped at by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, making plenty of opportunity for water sports. Wakeboarding and kiteboarding provide the ideal adrenaline fuelled experience on the sea, whilst deep sea fishing is on many visitors’ must do list. Snorkelling and diving open up the colourful underwater worlds of vibrant fish, loggerhead turtles, dolphins and the Florida Keys Reef.
On Dry Land
Those who would rather stay on dry land will also find a host of activities and adventures to enjoy. Whether it is taking it easy on one of the famous golf courses or meandering across the coastline on a bicycle ride, Florida has is all. Other outdoors activities include hiking, tennis, racing, horse riding and zip-lining.
Preparing For Your Trip
Preparation is key to making an activity holiday in Florida a success, so plan what to pack carefully and you can ensure you’re well equipped and comfortable for your entire stay.
It is worth trying to condense your luggage into just one suitcase and a carry on rucksack (or for families, one per adult and shared suitcases between children). The hand luggage rucksack you ‘carry on’ can then act as your day-pack when you’re heading off on any adventurous tours and trips.
In your hand luggage you should ensure you have all your travel documents, including your passport and any valuables, such as cameras, phones and money. Other necessities whilst travelling include any medication you or your family are taking, extra clothing and a mini first aid kit. Hand luggage with lots of extra pockets are a great idea, as you can keep your items separated and organised.
Be Weather Prepared
Florida’s weather is mostly warm and sunny, but during the winter it tends to be dry and mild with brief spells of rain. The summers are hot and humid and tropical showers are common during wet season. It is worth knowing what kind of weather to expect before you pack the essentials, so you can make sure your wardrobe will cope with any unexpected showers or humidity. A packable jacket is a great option for combating the rain without adding extra bulk to your luggage.
Many people head to Florida prepared for the rain, but it is vital to pack for the strong sun as well. Remember to keep sun cream on you at all times, and lightweight cover ups for the intense lunchtime sun.
All Weather Necessities
Some items are necessary whatever the weather, such as a good pair of secure sandals. Whether you are wandering across the countryside or strolling on the beach, you need to protect your feet. A wide brimmed hat is also a good idea for protecting your neck and your face.
If you’re planning on spending a lot of time in the water you may want to invest in a pair of aqua shoes, as they will fit into fins when diving or snorkelling and are perfect for wading. Sunglasses are usually a feature of everyone’s holiday luggage, but ensure you opt for a polarised pair with a strap if you are planning on trying any water sports.
The diverse landscape of Florida is a photographer’s dream, so make sure you bring a camera to capture some of your adventures and explorations. If you’re based in a hotel you can upload images onto a laptop to create space for new ones, but pack a spare memory card just in case.
An activity holiday in Florida will certainly provide you with a lifetime of memories and some unforgettable experiences, so pack smart and you won’t have any excuse to miss out on all the fun. There are a number of places where you can book flights to Florida for you and the whole family.
Everyone wants to escape the winter weather here in the UK, so Florida might be just the answer you’re looking for. Plus we have a whole range of summer essentials at Trespass, so you will be able to do all your holiday shopping in one place!